Festival

The Bad Dog Short Play Festivals

The festival returns to Bad Dog with eight new comedic plays including Is This Anything? with Andrew Chapman and Mark McIntyre. The quickie show (the fest limit is 40 minutes) sees the friends as themselves, sorta, with one trying to snap the other out of a post-breakup depression. July 26-31, 7-10 p.m. Bad Dog Theatre, 138 Danforth.

Event

Strip Spelling Bee

Brave the heat, grab your dictionaries and leave your inhibitions at the door. Sign up at 10 p.m., show starts at 10:30 p.m. $10/free for participants. July 30, Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander.

Music

Drake

Drake’s conscious rap mixed with R&B vocals has seen him gather a massive following. His certified-platinum album, Thank Me Later, tells the story of the pitfalls and anxieties of his overnight super-stardom, while extolling the perks at the same time. Aug. 1, Molson Amphitheatre.

Red Dons
Having a cool name doesn’t make you a cool band, per se. When your nom de punk comes from a group of Second World War-era Cambridge profs who spied for the Russians and later defected, though, it’s a good start. The Red Dons live up to their handle, serving up punk-pop with a political edge. July 31, Parts & Labour.

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

A year after their debut release, Up From Below, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros defy categorization. $20. 9 p.m. July 30, Phoenix Concert Theatre.

Theatre

Miss Caledonia

Melody A. Johnson wrote and performs this play, which is directed by Rick Roberts. Aug 5 through 13, various times. The Factory Studio Theatre, 125 Bathurst.